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A week of hiking In Corsica on a breathtaking section of an inspirational coast-to-coast trail

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Thank you for making an enquiry for a walking holiday on a Hut to Hut Tour in the High Tyrol.

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Breathtaking walks in the world’s most beautiful mountains

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Thank you for making an enquiry for a walking holiday on one of Hut to Hut Tours in the Tyrol & Bavarian Alps.

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Breathtaking walks in the world’s most beautiful mountains

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An ever-changing 7 night trek taking in the best of the Austrian & Italian Tyrol

  • Weave your way from the foothills of Austria to the high drama of the Italian Dolomites
  • Your luggage is moved on daily, so you can marvel at amazing landscapes carrying only a day sack
  • Stay in handpicked 3* hotels and rural ‘garnis’ (Tyrolean guest houses)

Overview

Self-guided Point-to-Point from Kitzbuhel to Cortina

A 7-night self-guided trek taking in the gems of the Austrian and Italian Tyrol. Starting from the renowned resort of Kitzbuhel, this hike meanders for 2 days through alpine villages and upland pastures before making a spectacular entrance into central Europe’s largest Natural Park, the Hohe Tauern, a natural theatre of glaciated giants, where Collett’s has a walking holiday base in the pretty village of Matrei. You will pass through Matrei and trek into Italy, stimulated by views of the majestic Dolomites ahead. Your final day is spent exploring the iconic Tre Cime (Three Peaks) before enjoying beautiful Cortina d’Ampezzo, the ‘pearl’ of the Dolomites. You will stay in 3* hotels or ‘garnis’ (which are hospitable Tyrolean guest houses) and you will be free to walk with only a day sack because your luggage will be moved on for you each day.

You will benefit significantly from our comprehensive route notes and area map on a trek that offers a truly abundant variety of terrain and landscapes. This route primarily follows tracks and well-trodden footpaths which are good underfoot. The route is generally well waymarked and easy to navigate. The itinerary includes a couple of days, which are more isolated, harder underfoot and include more ascent. Self-guided hut to hut route notes and guidance - Kitzbuhel to Cortina

You will start your trek in Kitzbuhel on a Saturday, either having arrived there independently or by joining a Collett’s transfer from Munich Airport. Kitzbuhel might be better-known for its Hahnenkamm downhill race in winter, but it is an attractive high-profile alpine centre in summer with upscale shops and cafes lining the streets of its medieval centre.

Self-guided hut to hut route notes and guidance - Kitzbuhel to Cortina

The Route
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A grand alpine traverse

Moderate-Long

This Point-to-Point route can be started on any Saturday between 20 June & 20 September 2020. We especially recommend June, early/mid July and September, assuming you prefer to hike when the trails are less frequented. Please book early if you can, as this makes it easier for us to guarantee your accommodation and confirm your arrangements quickly. For a day by day itinerary, please download the factsheet using the link below.

Self-guided hut to hut route notes and guidance - Kitzbuhel to Cortina

Terrain Notes: This route primarily follows marked mountain tracks and well-trodden hiking trails which are good underfoot. Some forest paths may be slippery when wet. The route is generally well waymarked and easy to navigate. A couple of the more isolated days are harder underfoot and include more ascent. Larger ascents can be avoided using cable cars, and it is possible to shorten some stages by using public transport and/or taxi. This itinerary is also suitable for children aged 14+ who have a certain fitness level and an interest in hiking.

If you are in any doubt whether this holiday is suitable for you, please call us on 01799 513331 or email enquiries@colletts.co.uk and we will be happy to help.

Travel

Travel

This holiday can start on any Saturday between 20 June and 20 September. It is primarily designed so that guests can arrive at Munich and depart from Venice.

Munich to Kitzbuhel
Book a Collett’s Transfer from Munich Airport or travel independently

Guests trekking in Austria & Italy with Collett’s on the Kitzbuhel to Cortina Grand Traverse can book an airport transfer from Munich Airport for £60pp. This will drop you at your first-night hotel in Kitzbuhel. For details, please see the ‘Munich – Kitzbuhel Transfers’ section below. If you choose to get to Kitzbuhel independently from Munich, the train is easy and inexpensive (advance prices from €20). It takes about 2 ½ hours. Trains depart regularly throughout the day, and it might involve two changes (usually at München Ost & Wörgl). Visit www.bahn.com for more information, timetables and prices.

Cortina to Venice

The best way to reach Venice is via the Cortina Express coach service. It generally has 3 departures each morning (08:00, 09:30 and 11:30am) and takes about 2 hours. Visit www.cortinaexpress.it/en/ to confirm timetable and pricing before booking your return flight. You may choose to spend time in Venice after your trek. If so, contact us for a list of recommended hotels.

Munich to Kitzbuhel Transfers – Saturdays – 2hrs

Transfers are available every Saturday – from Munich Airport to your first-night hotel in Kitzbuhel.
The transfer vehicle brings guests (departing from our walking holidays in the High Tyrol) to Munich for their flights home. The same vehicle then collects guests starting their walking holidays in Austria, but as Kitzbuhel is on our route to the High Tyrol, we are able to use this transfer for you, our Kitzbuhel to Cortina trekkers. The journey to Kitzbuhel is a little under 2hrs. Whilst it is possible to return to Kitzbuhel (or Munich) at the end of your holiday, please speak to us before booking any flights, so that we can discuss the options with you.

Please ensure your flight lands at Munich Airport before 3pm!
The time of your transfer will be determined by the flight times of everyone we collect on that day but 3pm is the deadline, as this allows us to get everyone up to the mountains in time for dinner. We try to keep waiting to a minimum but, for example, if your flight lands at 11am and we have other arrivals landing at 2.30pm, the transfer will set off at 3pm. On the other hand, if everyone has landed prior to, say, 1pm, then we can get on our way earlier. In any event, we will write to you about 2 weeks before your holiday with the exact time of your transfer, once we know the flight arrival times of all our Austria-bound guests.

Please do not book flights until your itinerary has been formally confirmed by us. Thank you.

Prices & Essential Info

Further Info & Prices

Start dates: Any Saturday between 20 June 2020 & 12 September 2020
Price – £785pp
High Season Supplement (18 July – 12 September departures (inc.)) – £45pp
Consider June, early/mid July, late August & September for quieter trails

Saturday to Saturday only.
Prices are per person and based on two people sharing a twin or double room.
Please note that all bookings are subject to availability in the hotels.
Please do not make any travel arrangements until we have confirmed your accommodation dates.
The minimum party size is two – regrettably, for reasons of safety, we will not book in single hikers.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights B&B accommodation in handpicked 3* hotels or Tyrolean ‘garnis’
  • Luggage transfers each day from hotel to hotel
  • Some transport, as indicated in route notes – taxis, shuttle buses (provided by our local partner) & tickets for local buses
  • Detailed route cards, including maps, route descriptions, places to visit, important telephone numbers
  • Telephone support throughout your holiday (provided by our local partner based in Italy)

What’s Not Included

  • Flights & Travel Insurance
  • Transfer from Munich Airport to Kitzbuhel – see the Travel Tab for your options
  • Onward transport from Cortina at the end of the holiday
  • Packed Lunches, Dinners (budget €15-30 pp per dinner)
  • Drinks, tourist tax (approx. €1,50 per person per night) and all extras

At Your Own Risk

Your self-guided ‘Kitzbuhel to Cortina – A Grand Alpine Traverse’ holiday will be spent entirely at your own risk and it is important that you understand that, whilst the route notes are accurate at the time of writing, the situation on the ground may change and this itinerary relies on your sound judgement and decision-making throughout. Our self-guided ‘Kitzbuhel to Cortina – A Grand Alpine Traverse’ has been organised so that you might enjoy a route and associated accommodation you may not otherwise have discovered having organised the itinerary yourself.

It represents nothing more than the opportunity to accomplish a trek in a beautiful and mountainous area, with the support of knowing that many of the logistics have been arranged for you.

Regrettably, it is a fact that walking in the mountains can and is associated with personal injury and death. By coming to such areas, you are exposing yourself and your party to the possibility of personal injury and even death. In such an event, Collett’s Limited trading as Collett’s Mountain Holidays will not be held responsible for your interest in the outdoors and your involvement in mountain walking, which can occasionally have tragic consequences.

The information provided uses only marked paths which are in use at the time of writing. However, it is your responsibility to continually assess the suitability and safety of the route throughout the walk and to undertake any action necessary to avoid any terrain which each or any member of your group is not comfortable with.

The route choice also assumes an ability to read maps and navigate competently. It is the responsibility of each individual in the group to make an assessment of the information provided, and to make an informed decision about whether the itinerary is suitable for them.

Finally, during this holiday you act at your own risk on any ideas, information and opinions included in any material prepared by us to help you get the most from the area.

A week of hiking In Corsica on a breathtaking section of an inspirational coast-to-coast trail

  • Explore the mountains, coast and culture of stunningly beautiful Corsica
  • Your luggage is transferred daily – you trek in sensational landscapes carrying only a day sack
  • Handpicked 2* and 3* hotels throughout

Overview

Self-guided Point-to-Point from historic Corte to coastal Porto & Calvi

This point-to-point gem is a 7-night self-guided exploration of the mountains, coast and culture of Corsica. Take a scenic train ride to secluded Corte at the island’s heart where you will have a day to explore. Travel back in time as you hike along old mule tracks and ancient shepherds’ paths, criss-crossing rivers via medieval Genoese arched bridges and ultimately traversing the mountainous divide through a natural theatre of ever-changing drama before descending to Porto on the Mediterranean coast. Rest on the beach on your final day in charming Calvi or use the time to explore the surrounding area on foot.

After your first night in the historic mountain centre of Corte, your route starts in the isolated Scale de Santa Regina valley. Over the next week the trail will expose you to numerous awe-inspiring landscapes, from wild alpine splendour to expansive coastal panoramas. You will pass through chestnut groves and pristine native pine forests, stopping to swim in crystal clear mountain rivers and eventually in the Mediterranean Sea. 

Start any day between mid April and mid October. Your luggage will be moved for you each day between comfortable 2 and 3* hotels where you can enjoy traditional cuisine and Corsican wine. With our comprehensive route notes and area map, you will cover a rich variety of terrain.

Self-guided hut to hut route notes and guidance - Corsica

The Route
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Corsica – From the Mountains to the Med

Moderate to Moderate/Hard

This 7 night point-to-point route is available from mid April to mid October. We especially recommend May, early June and September being periods when the walks are generally quieter and the glorious weather is a bit cooler making the walking more comfortable than in the height of summer. The earlier you book, the easier it is for us to guarantee your accommodation and confirm your arrangements. For a day by day itinerary, please download the factsheet using the link below

Terrain Notes: Much of the walking in Corsica can be rough underfoot, requiring surefootedness but is not in itself technical. Previous hillwalking experience is useful, but not essential. The route generally follows clear footpaths and forest tracks with some short sections on road. The route is usually waymarked, but attention to your surroundings and the map may at times be necessary. Any exposure is mild and only very short (max. 5m) sections, usually avoidable by not taking a route extension. Ascents and descents tend to be well-graded and of reasonable length. The exception is the zig-zagging descent into the Spelunca Gorge on Day 4, which, although long, follows an ancient mule track and is not too steep.

If you are in any doubt whether this holiday is suitable for you, please call the office on 01799 513331 or email enquiries@colletts.co.uk and we will be happy to discuss the route in more detail with you.

Travel

Travel

This holiday is designed so that guests can arrive into both Bastia and Calvi airports.

Bastia Arrivals

Arguably the best served airport to fly into is Bastia – but it does result in a longer transfer back on your deaprture day, and hence the reason for the £100pp supplement. Easyjet, BA and Air Corsica fly here from various airports in the UK. From Bastia Airport, the closest train station is at Casamozza, just a short taxi ride away (budget €25 for 2-4 people) from where you can board a train to Corte (approx €10pp and 1 ½ hours). Alternatively, we can organise you a private taxi (for 2-4 people) to transfer you directly from Bastia Airport to your first hotel in Corte (£85 pp supplement based on 2 sharing). At the end of your holiday, a private transfer from Calvi to Bastia Airport (approx 2 hrs) can be booked at a £100pp supplement. For guests whose flight times mean they can make use of public transport to get back to Bastia airport, the £100 pp supplement will not be applied.

    Calvi Arrivals

    Calvi airport is served by Air Corsica (from London Stansted) and charter flights organised by Corsican Places  (from London Stansted and Manchester). From Calvi Airport, the main train station is just a short taxi ride away (budget €35 for 2-4 people) from where you can board a train to Corte (approx €15pp and 3 hours). Alternatively, we can organise you a private taxi (for 2-4 people) to transfer you directly from Calvi Airport to your first hotel in Corte (£85pp supplement based on 2 sharing). At the end of your holiday, a short taxi transfer (included) will take you from your hotel in Calvi back to Calvi Airport (approx. 15 mins).

    “Open Jaw” Flights with Corsican Places

    For those interested, Corsican Places can organise ‘open jaw’ flights on Sundays from London Stansted into Bastia but returning from Calvi by combining flights. This would save you the additional 2 hour transfer from Calvi back to Bastia at the end of your holiday (together with the £100 pp supplement). To check availability and indicative pricing visit the Corsican Places flight only search engine here and then contact Corsican Places directly for more details and to book, mentioning that you found their flights through Collett’s Mountain Holidays.

  • Factsheet – Self Guided Point to Point on the Corsican Coast to Coast – Moderate/Hard

2020 Prices & Info.

Further information & prices

Available from mid April to mid October
The best months to visit are May, early June & September

Low Season – April, May, June, September & October – £995 pp
High Season – July & August – £50 pp supplement
Transfer Supplement for Bastia Arrivals (if required) – £100 pp

You may start this itinerary any day (although Sunday coincides with most flights).
Prices are per person and based on two people sharing a twin or double room.
Please note that all bookings are subject to availability in the hotels.
Please do not make any travel arrangements until we have confirmed your accommodation dates.
The minimum party size is two (for reasons of safety no single travelers are permitted)

What’s Included

  • 7 nights B&B accommodation in handpicked 2 & 3* hotels 
  • 4 three course evening meals (on nights 1, 3, 4, and 5)
  • Luggage transfers each day from hotel to hotel
  • Detailed route cards (including IGN maps and route descriptions)
  • 24/7 Telephone support throughout your holiday
  • Taxi transfer to Calvi airport at the end of your holiday (Bastia also available at a supplement)

What’s Not Included

  • Flights & Travel Insurance
  • Transport from Calvi Airport or Bastia Airport to Corte on your arrival day (See Travel Section above for your options)
  • Dinners (on the two non-inclusive nights)
  • Packed Lunches (available daily, pay locally) 
  • Drinks and all "extras"

At Your Own Risk

Your self-guided "From the Mountains to the Med" holiday will be spent entirely at your own risk and it is important that you understand that whilst the route notes are accurate at the time of writing, the situation on the ground may change and this itinerary relies on your sound judgement and decision making throughout.

Our self-guided "From the Mountains to the Med" has been organised so that you might enjoy a route and associated accommodation you may not otherwise have discovered having organized the itinerary yourself. It represents nothing more than the opportunity to go out on a beautiful walk in a part of this wonderful walking area, with the support of knowing that many of the logistics have been arranged for you.

It is a fact that mountain and coastal walking can and is associated with personal injury and death. By coming to such areas, you are exposing yourself and your party to the possibility of personal injury or even death. In such an event, Collett’s Limited trading as Collett’s Mountain Holidays will not be held responsible for your interest in the outdoors and your involvement in mountain and coastal walking, which can occasionally have tragic consequences. It is important that you understand that this itinerary is essentially based on the recognised Mare a Mare (Northern Route).

The information provided uses only marked paths which are in use at the time of writing, however, it is your responsibility to continually assess the suitability and safety of the route throughout the walk and to undertake any action necessary to avoid any terrain which each or any member of the group is not comfortable with. The route choice also assumes an ability to read maps and navigate competently. It is the responsibility of each individual in the group to make an assessment of the information provided, and to make an informed decision about whether the itinerary is suitable for them.

Finally, during your holiday with Collett’s Mountain Holidays you act at your own risk on any ideas, information and opinions included in any material prepared by us to help you get the most from the area.

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